This is a changing world. New things are being brought to light each day. To keep up-to-date one must keep in touch with the new ideas that are arising.
The basic principles of magic are not many but the combination of the principles result in a tremendous variety of effects and routines.
Prominent in magic today is the amateur and the semi-professional. They are more or less settled in a community and come before the same audiences from time to time during the year. To maintain interest at high pitch it means the introduction of new effects and surprises.
In the changing of a program the cost must be considered. This has created a demand for effects that can be produced for little money and yet have the necessary value and punch to go over with a bang.
This will always be an important point in the writing of the instructions in the Tarbell Post Graduate Service. There are many really wonderful magical effects that can be produced at very little cost. It is really amazing what a clever show can be presented with articles purchased in the ten-cent store.
It is not our intention to confine ourselves to the ten-cent store, but we will try to keep down the cost of construction and presentation in the majority of effects.
In magic we have some performers who are well fixed financially and who want the best of magic at almost any cost. These gentlemen must also be considered.
However, the best tricks in magic are not necessarily the ones that cost considerable to build and present. Some of the finest effects are done with the simplest of objects.
To know the commercial value of an effect requires careful study and elimination; but it is only by knowing commercial values that we can sell our wares to our audiences.
In the post-graduate work we will present only effects that have commercial value. You will find them gems of magic. Guard the secrets well, never forgetting that your power as a magician greatly lies in your ability to keep your methods of working hidden. You must mystify to build a reputation.
Study each effect in this course carefully. Do not just skip over the surface. There is too much value that you can only get by careful reading to have a practical working knowledge.
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Magick is the art and practice of moving natural energies to effect needed or wanted change. Magick is natural, there is absolutely nothing supernatural about it. What is taught here are various techniques of magick for beginners. Magick is natural and simple and the techniques to develop abilities should be simple and natural as well. What is taught on this site is not only the basics of magick, but the basics of many things.